The Memory Keepers Daughter
By Kim Edwards
Published: 30th May 2006
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down’s Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century – in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.
A different kind of book club was held last month as it was around the Christmas time, so we had our own bookish Christmas party, one of the parts of this party was that we brought along a wrapped up book that was a favourite of ours. So this book review is of that book which I received from Katie. I was excited to read this as it wasn’t a book that I thought Katie would have chosen as she reads a lot of historical fiction.
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The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden
Series: Winternight Trilogy #1
Published: 5th October 2017
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.
But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods…
This book was our book club pick of the month which made me laugh as I had just picked it up from the library a couple of days before the club! I did find that this book had a slow start and took a while for the book to get any kind of traction as there was a lot of focus on world building and character introduction before anything really happened. This book has made me want to pick up more books that are based or revolved around Russia.
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By Alice Oseman
Published: 31st July 2014
In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.
My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.
Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.
I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.
A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read this book for a while as she really loved it and thought that I would love it as well, which spoiler alert I do!
Solitaire is about a girl called Tori who has depression but doesn’t really know/recognise the fact that she has it, personally, I think it because of all the things that have happened to her family and especially with one of her brother’s Charlie. Tori barely have any friends and the one she does she doesn’t really talk to her much.
When the new school year start so does two new boys (which I thought was going to turn into a love triangle) Lucas is an old friend of Tori’s from primary school and doesn’t seem to know how to act around her considering how much she has changed. The other boy is Michael who everyone is telling Tori to avoid as he seems to be an outcast and makes trouble at school.
At the same time as the two boys starting the school a new blog has become popular called Solitaire, as first, it starts off as small pranks but quickly gets out of hand.
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Sunshine and Biscotti Club
By Jenny Oliver
Published: 19th May 2016
Moving to Italy to set up a baking club is a dream come true…
…until Libby catches her husband cheating just weeks before The Sunshine and Biscotti Club opens its doors.
With the first wave of guests set to arrive any day, Libby has no choice but to tie on her apron and get set to bake. But with a dash of sunshine and a sprinkling of old friends, Libby’s kitchen nightmare might just become the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
After all, you can’t bake biscotti without breaking a few eggs…
I received this book from a book subscription box called Thoughtful Books, who offer a range of subscriptions to choose from like preloved books which this book was at a really good price. You can also choose new releases or a mixture of the two, I think next time I will choose to have a mixture of the two books. When you receive the book it comes all nicely packaged up in some recycled wrapping paper, red twine and a little note from the person who sent it to you. The funniest thing about this book was that I had just taken it out of the library to read so I was ecstatic to receive this in the post.
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The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet
By Becky Chambers
Series: Wayfarers #1
Published: 13th August 2015
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
First of all, we have to talk about how beautiful this book cover it is something that I wish I had taken as it is gorgeous. This is probably going to be a short review as I don’t want to spoil too much of the book as this is a book best going into blind especially as it is more focused on the relationships between the crew than it being action-packed.
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Children of Blood and Bone
By Tomi Adeyemi
Series: Legacy of Orïsha #1
Published: 6th March 2018
Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled
– Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.
Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.
When I first started this book I was a bit wary as it was surrounded with a ton of hype and I had really high hopes, but I am happy to say that I absolutely enjoyed this book from start to finish to the point where I didn’t want to put it down.
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All The Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr
Published: 23rd April 2015
For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic
layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth,
In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
From the start of this book, I knew it would be something that I really enjoyed as the writing style really flowed, and I found myself trapped in this world. At first, I thought that this book would be heavy on the romance and be a kind of Romeo and Juliet type story but I was glad to be proven wrong.
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